Atari 2600: Custer's Revenge
Custer's Revenge is a controversial video game made for the Atari 2600 by Mystique, a company that produced a number of adult video game titles for the system. The player character is based on General George Armstrong Custer. The game was first released on October 13, 1982, and has received significant criticism because of its crude simulation of a rape of a Native American woman.
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In the game, the player controls the character of Custer, depicted as a man wearing nothing but a cavalry hat, boots and a bandana, sporting a visible erection. Custer has to overcome arrow attacks to reach the other side of the screen. His goal is to have sex with a naked Native American woman tied to a pole.
January 4, 2014
A terrible game with a terrible premise
Mystique's "Custer's Revenge" is one of the most controversial games in the industry's history. It is commonly cited as one of many precursors to the industry's crash the following year. But even looking past its controversy and downfall, this is one really terrible game.
The player controls a crudely drawn General Custer, naked save for his hat and sporting a large, pixelated erection, whose mission is to simply cross the screen and rape a native-American woman tied to a pole. The only thing that can stop him is a series of random arrow attacks, which never appear to actually get in his way. Once the player succeeds in their task, Custer simply moves back to the left of the screen to do it all over again.
While the graphics could be praised as being quite clear in their purpose, that is probably the game's only redeeming quality. The controls are simplistic - the player simply moves Custer left and right, then flips between two frames of sexual intercourse at the end. Even though many of the console's more successful games were quite simplistic (especially compared to games on more modern systems), even the most easily-entertained of children would get bored with Custer's Revenge in just a few minutes.
Had the simplicity of its gameplay and its status as an adult-oriented game been its only detractors, Custer's Revenge would have been quickly and quietly forgotten, along with the hundreds of cheap advertising games that flooded the market at the height of the Crash. But Custer has retained particular notoriety because of its premise: To put the player in control of a character that rapes women. Even as porn games go, this is generally seen as crossing the line, as well as making a crass statement about a major figure in the Civil War and the usual objectification of both women and native Americans.
To compound this problem, there were generally no major controls in place at the time to keep kids from getting a hold of this game (and others like it), and parents often didn't know about its existence until they saw the graphics on their TV screens.
So, to sum it up: Take a Civil War hero and have him rape an Indian, and you have one of the worst and certainly most controversial "games" in history.